Advanced RCR for Doctoral Degree Candidates and Post-Doctoral Researchers
- Advanced RCR has two components: Advanced RCR-Online Preparation (one hour) and Advanced RCR-Live (eight hours). The Office of Research Compliance and numerous faculty research mentors, from departments and centers as diverse as economics, bioinformatics, medicine, astronomy, applied linguistics, computer science, earth science, physical therapy and many others, work together to present both an online preparatory powerpoint and quiz (which provides background on RCR) and four live discussion workshops, which probe case studies in research ethics and responsibility.
- The program provides advice on mentorship and addresses questions of integrity in data management, collaboration, and publication. Boston University procedures relating to scientific misconduct and conflicts of interest in research are covered. The online program (about one hour) introduces key RCR topics and provides links to valuable resources and further online educational materials.
- There is a short quiz. The four two-hour workshops are to be completed over not more than two years and involved small groups of students and postdoctoral researchers in facilitated discussion of cases set in diverse fields across the sciences and engineering.
- Recommended, but not required, additional readings include modules of an online RCR program presented by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to which Boston University subscribes.
- A few academic departments have created Alternative RCR Live Programs. The Office of Research Compliance will track Blackboard requirements and attendance at live workshops, maintain completion status lists, and will issue certificates, generally within 60 days of completion.
To Register for Advanced RCR, complete both steps 1 and 2:
Step 1: Register for Advanced RCR-Online Preparation
Doctoral degree candidates and Post-doctoral researchers may self-enroll in the course by visiting http://blackboard.bu.edu and searching in the course catalog under the All Courses tab, for course ID (00cwr_ adv_rcr_online_prep) or course name “Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research.” Please be sure to ENROLL in the course titled: “Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research-Online Preparation for Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Researchers (Ongoing)” For more instructions on how to register for the course on blackboard please click here.
Some individuals may not yet have an account with Blackboard 8. Please contact the RCR Program Coordinator if you need further help registering for the course on blackboard.
Step 2: Register for Advanced RCR-Live
Register for the core Live Workshops here
Note: Alternatively, if you are eligible, you may enroll in an approved Alternative RCR Program (CH801 or CS697) for your live instruction in RCR
- For Core Workshops: after starting RCR, one workshop a semester must be completed until all four workshops are completed
- For Alternative RCR: the Alternative RCR course must be completed in the semester in which the course ends
- Please see the Participant Instructions for a full explanation on timely completion requirements
Upcoming Advanced RCR Schedule
If you are not sure whether this RCR Program is the right one for you, please go to RCR Program Basics, on our main RCR website.
Training Program Data Chart:
|Office||Office of Research Compliance|
|Division||Research Integrity and Assurance|
|Course Title||Advanced RCR-Online and Live|
|Campus in which
|BUMC & CRC|
|Location||BUMC: Hiebert Lounge (School of Medicine; 14th floor)CRC: Colloquium Room (Photonics Building; 9th floor)|
|Audience||All doctoral degree candidates and post-doctoral researchers in the sciences and engineering.|
|Duration||The ORC RCR program is comprised of online modules requiring a total of about one-two hours and series of four workshops, with each workshop lasting approximately two hours.|
|When Offered (days/times)||See Schedule|
|Teaching Medium||Small group case-based learning and online powerpoints with quiz|
|Pre-requisite||Registering individuals must be a graduate student or post-doctoral researcher in the sciences.
|Registration||Online (Blackboard and Course Manager)|
|How Often||Workshops are offered once on the Medical Campus and twice on the Charles River Campus during the academic year.|